Paralegal

The Paralegal studies program prepares students for careers as assistants or aides in the legal profession. Upon completion of this curriculum, the paralegal graduate will qualify to work under the supervision of a lawyer.

Specific areas of training include legal research and writing, case screening and evaluation, civil litigation, probate administration, office management, accounting, servicing and filing of legal documents, and preparation of legal forms.

Students have the option of either an Associate of Applied Science degree that is 60 semester credit hours and can be completed in two years, or a Beginning Legal Technician Certificate which consists of 18 semester credit hours and can be completed within one year. Study subjects like:

  • Business Law
  • Wills & Estates
  • Family Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Oil & Gas
  • Interviewing & Investigation
  • Legal Research & Writing

 

Servicing and filing of legal documents. Office management skills. Legal research, online and in libraries.

Permian Basin Paralegal Association’s Andree Rosen Scholarship

$500 offered each Fall and Spring semester to one student maintaining a 3.0 GPA who is currently enrolled in the Paralegal program.

Midland Legal Secretaries Scholarship

$300 per semester for any second year Legal Assistant AAS degree seeker with a GPA of 3.0 or better who carries 9+ credit hours.

Contact Program Chair for details, and create an AcademicWorks account to be considered.

To apply for any MC Scholarship through AcademicWorks:

1. APPLY at https://midland.academicworks.com
2. Confirm the link sent to your email and complete application
3. Check your MC student email for notifications of award
4. Accept award & write your electronic thank you letter to the donor

*Already receiving a scholarship? Don't forget to update your application each semester! You will receive an email when it is time to do so.

  • Civil Litigation Firms
  • Family Law
  • District Attorney's Office
  • Criminal Defense Firms
  • Legal Research Assistant
  • Business Development
  • Court Coordinator
  • District and County Clerk's Office
  • Land Man
  • Mediator
  • Average Starting Salary in Midland: $35,000

  • Average Annual Salary in Midland: $60,450

  • Average Hourly Rate in Midland: $29.06

  • Highest 10% of Annual Salaries in Midland: $79,010

  • Highest 10% of Hourly Rates in Midland: $37.99

    Bureau of Labor and Statistic paralegal salary and employment data.

Visit the course catalog for the most complete and up-to-date information.

 

Student Success Stories

CRYSTAL RAY, 2014

Crystal Ray came to Midland, Texas from Bakersfield, California. In 2010, Crystal started attending Midland College’s Paralegal Program so she could provide a better future for herself and her family. While working full-time she attended classes at night and her employer was allowed her to attend classes during the day. She graduated with an Associates of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies in May of 2014 with a 3.7 GPA. In December 2014 Crystal began working at Cotton, Bledsoe, Tighe & Dawson, P.C. starting out as a floater and receptionist, and shortly thereafter was promoted to legal secretary. Within 6 months she was promoted to paralegal. In 2016, after studying hard, she sat for the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) paralegal certification exam and is currently awaiting results. 

Bethany Banta, 2015

Bethany Banta graduated with a Beginning Legal Technician Certificate and an Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies in December of 2015. Upon graduation she was hired as a legal secretary at McKinney & Tighe. She is currently studying for the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) paralegal certification exam in hopes of becoming a certified Paralegal.

Mona Keller

Mona Keller was born and raised in Midland, Texas. When she started the Midland College Paralegal Program, she started out as a full-time student with a part-time job. In 2011, while on an assignment for her Interviewing and Investigating class, she interviewed a Certified Paralegal and two local attorneys who offered her a job as a receptionist for their firm. Mona stayed in that position for one year while continuing to attend classes, as well as training under a Certified Paralegal. Mona worked for two local law firms while attending Midland College and received her Beginning Legal Technician Certificate. She currently works as a Paralegal for Long-Weaver, Manning, Antus & Antus. She currently sits on the Paralegal Association of the Permian Basin Board, and has for the past four years. She has been a volunteer with Legal Aid of Northwest Texas for the past five years, and continues to do so as the law and helping others has become her passion.

 

Paralegal Faculty

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sarah krysinski
Adjunct Instructor
Business Management, Paralegal
Marie Hall Academic Building, Room 176
(432) 685-6829
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robert rainey
Adjunct Instructor
Paralegal
Marie Hall Academic Building, Room 176
(432) 685-6829
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sondra richards
Department Chair, Professor, Dual Credit Liaison
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement, Geography/Global Studies, Government/Political Science, Paralegal
Marie Hall Academic Building, Room 159
(432) 685-6815

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